As we slowly march our way to the shortest day of the year, a lot of us slow down or stop running all together. Sure, winter is a tough time to go out for a run but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 3 tips to make sure you get out there and have fun while you are.
Make a Date
The simplest and best way to get yourself out the door is finding someone to get out there with you. Schedule a date every week (or as many times as you can) and meet a friend. Having a time scheduled will force you to put down those holiday cookies and keep your commitment for a jog. Afterwards, treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa or even a Glühwein. If you live in Tahoe or are visiting town, stop by the Blue Angel Café for one of our personal favorites. Made from scratch, their Glühwein is a warm treat that pairs great with another one of their specialties - homemade chocolate.
Wear the right clothing
Depending on where you live, winter means chilly or downright cold weather. Having a winter running wardrobe is key! This should include:
- Running Jacket
- Hat or headband to keep those ears toasty
- Long-sleeve shirts
Just remember, your body temperature increases as you run, so you don't need as many layers as you think. A good rule of thumb is to dress for 15 to 20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature outside.
See & Be Seen
With the sun setting by 4:30 pm, there’s a good chance you’ll be running at night. This means you need to be seen to stay safe. Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and if you live in a rural area, it’s not a bad idea to wear a headlamp so you can watch where you’re stepping.
We hope you get out there this winter and have fun. Do you have any tips to share with us? We’d love to hear them. Happy winter running!